put somebody/something first

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put (someone or something) first

To put the priorities of someone or something before those of oneself or someone or something else. When you become a parent, you learn to put your children first every time. We need to put the QA testing first and worry about the marketing angle later.
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put somebody/something ˈfirst

treat somebody/something as the most important person or thing: A politician should always put the needs of the country first and not his personal ambitions.He never put his family first.
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